Secretary of State Bill Gardner has invited Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer of New York to address President Trump’s Advisory Commission on Election Integrity when it meets in New Hampshire next month. The invitation comes days after Schumer, in a national opinion column, called on Trump to disband the commission saying it was critical in the wake of the racist march on Charlottesville that turned deadly this month. “We need more than just words – we also need action,” Schumer (D-N.Y.) wrote in an opinion piece first published at Medium. “And I believe that one important way that Congress can begin to heal this painful divide in our country when we return in September is by showing that we can come together to stop the systemic disenfranchisement of American voters.”
Gardner said he will urge Chairman and Vice President Mike Pence and Vice Chairman Kris Kobach to permit Schumer to speak. “The commission should hear what the senator has to say, and given his very strong views this is a good opportunity for him to come and observe what the commission’s work has been all about,” Gardner said.
Schumer said if Trump rejects his request, Congress should use its power of the purse strings to starve the commission of resources.
Schumer said if Trump rejects his request, Congress should use its power of the purse string to starve the commission of resources.